Last February, Myra was a T5 MD candidate interested in vascular surgery. Now, she is a med school dropout revolutionizing obesity tele-health.
She came to realize that most vascular patients had fallen through the cracks of the traditional healthcare system. What often started as a few minor health problems in their 40s went uncontrolled and had escalated. Many of these patients now required heartbreaking life-or-limb amputations.
As she did more research in this space, she realized that many patients had repeated and unique pain points with their providers pressuring them about their lifestyle and weight:
Good care comes from a provider who will listen
Myra realized that by building a successful startup to tackle this problem, she would be able to have a greater impact than a career as a physician. So, she dropped out two months before graduation.
Myra is joined by her Co-Founder, Pratyusha Gogulapati, CTO of Mochi. Her passion for Mochi came from her own personal health issues. Despite having great health insurance and living in a large city, it took months of referrals and waiting to find a provider in obesity medicine who was focused on evidence-based care.
That’s what Mochi is looking to solve: their mission is to provide subspecialty obesity medicine care via tele-health to the 180 million U.S. adults struggling with their weight.
Mochi wants to offer the same customizable approach incorporating sleep therapy (CBT-i), counseling, registered dietitians, and fitness coaching as an in person clinic. All done over video call.
Mochi patients establish long-term relationships with their providers to build a treatment plan.
Mochi Health is a tele-health company for customizable, evidence-based obesity medicine.
Patients can rapidly complete eligibility and are then given recommendations from Mochi's range of services:
Patients can schedule visits with all of these providers virtually. Mochi's goal is to provide all of the same evidence-based strategies of obesity medicine clinics on a tele-health platform.
In a few short months, they have already crossed 5,000 signups.
Sign up today. If you are interested in signing up, visit the Mochi website and complete the eligibility form.
You’ll hear back from the Mochi team in less than 24 hours.
Try stuff! It doesn’t matter if people think you’re completely crazy. If you have an idea, write it down, do some research, and try building it!
A lot of high-growth companies were really just about building the most simple version of a product, and then working with customers as much as possible to really focus on their pain points and build a solution around that.
Before making this company, I can’t even begin to tell you how many completely crazy ideas I worked on, primarily as side projects. I tried getting the Washington State Public Health Department and a Pediatric Infectious Disease attending at UW Medicine to get me a ton of intranasal flu vaccine to see if people could self-administer these.
I once had a mission to build 100% of the furniture in my apartment– which led to me using a 9x19 street parking space in downtown SF as my workshop (and actually a somewhat nice sectional!)
Most recently, I decided I actually can’t stand stairs so I installed a 30ft climbing rope to get to my bed. This was only because I was dissuaded from using a trampoline directly under a ceiling fan.
- Myra Ahmad
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